Monday, October 13, 2008

We're in the fight!

Because we diagnosed Will at such an early age (Thank you Karen) we have a great opportunity to make great strides in development. They say that there is a window in which biomedical treatments are more beneficial and we are right in the middle of the fight!! See this blurb from http://www.autismtreatment.info/What+Is+Autism.aspx

'The window of opportunity for improvement, progress or "recovery" is most open for an autistic child in these early years between 18 months and 5 or 6 years of age. This does not mean that older children cannot improve. Just that, the younger your child is when you recognize their problem and begin treating it, the most progress is possible.
The
CHAT test (Checklist for Autism in Toddlers) is an excellent tool for both Parents and Health Professionals to use in diagnosing Autism in toddlers and has been found to be invaluable in doing so.'

Currently Will is Gluten, Casein, Soy, Egg, Tomato, and Peanut free since July 5, 2008. He is on multiple supplements that his
DAN! Dr. Sloan has prescribed (see earlier post for list). He is in Speech and Occupational therapy provided by Babies Can't Wait. The next two steps of this fight against Autism is Chelation and Floortime.

We have been giving Will a product by Body Health called
Metal Free and will send his 'sample' into the lab today to see what heavy metals he has in his body. Once these are identified Dr. Sloan will officially start us on Chelation! Kevin and I are really excited! Despite the fact that it is just one more thing that Will will have to endure each day, we are extremely hopeful that we will see benefits!

Also, Saturday we have an appointment with
Dr. Barbara Dunbar at Floortime Atlanta. She comes highly recommended by multiple people, one being our Neurologist Dr. Schub. She will give us a evaluation and send us with a plan on how to use Will's strengths to help him develop.

So, we are in the fight! While we have some days that we feel defeated, overall I think we are on the right track to make huge wins!!

A friend of the family who has an son with Aspergers gave us this bit of wisdom that I really appreciate...
"...we have been chosen to be their cheerleaders. And as "cheerleaders" you cheer if your team is wining or losing."

4 comments:

  1. As Carter would say, "Let's go Will Let's Go!" He normally says Jaguars, but in this case Will needs an extra Cheering section and love!

    MC

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  2. Know that I'm on this journey with you and I'm cheering Will on just like my two. We're gonna get our boys through this mess!

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  3. You have the Warrior Spirit!!! Because of that Will will get better!! You are fighting for him and not allowing this disorder to take control over him. Because of you he WILL get better. Keep up the GREAT work, both of you. We LOVE and miss you, give Will an extra hug from us!!
    Love, Michele and Brittney

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  4. Melissa,
    While this is a battle you had no idea you would have to fight, the results will be so worth it. I have met many biomedical moms and they are the greatest women I know. God bless you, your family, and especially for the healing of Will. Your efforts will pay off. His time will come.

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